Well, hey there, Hive-sters. Welcome to your Tuesday morning Hive! I hope most of you are enjoying your morning so far, and I also hope that, like me, you have the day off tomorrow. Seeing that this is ‘Merica, I have no idea why you wouldn’t. I will most certainly be enjoying the festivities of the 4th of July as I attend Red, White, and Boom this evening in downtown Columbus. Free food and unlimited beer at my aunt’s work’s private firework viewing party will certainly be a fantastic way to celebrate this glorious holiday. That’s the good news. Unfortunately, Buckeye Nation, most of the recent Ohio State athletic news has been negative. As Margie wrote yesterday, Jordan Hall was injured while walking barefoot outside of his apartment. Initial reports indicated that Hall will be sidelined for 10 weeks due to his injured foot.
However, yesterday, ESPN’s Joe Schad reported that Hall will be out at least until week 3 of the season and maybe longer. Apparently, this is a significant foot injury and there are even talks of Hall medically redshirting, if necessary. This is a big loss for the Buckeyes. Jordan Hall is someone, from day-1, that Urban Meyer has pegged as one of the Buckeyes’ biggest playmakers. It’s unfortunate that this happened to Hall, but there is a silver lining here. This happened earlier enough for Urban and his staff to make adjustments and prepare for life without Jordan Hall. I don’t know about you guys, but I have full faith in Urban and his staff to find a solution to this problem. Carlos Hyde and freshman RB Bri’onte Dunn will see the most carries as Hall recovers from this injury. As most of you are well aware¬–from last season and especially the Nebraska game–Carlos Hyde is more than capable of being the feature back in an offense. I wish Jordan Hall a speedy recovery and hope to see him on the field as soon as physically possible.
Hive time? Sounds good to me.
NOT IN THIS ‘HOOD
Rodney Hood, the coveted Mississippi State transfer, will not be wearing the Scarlet and Gray. Hood, the 6-foot-8 forward, has decided to transfer to Duke and play for coach Mike Kklakjoiehioaski. Did I spell that right? No? Well, okay then. Hood has decided to play for Coach K. There, much better. Hood only played as a freshman for his home-state team before he decided to leave the Bulldogs. His decision between Duke and Ohio State really seemed tough for him and the two schools were neck-and-neck until the very end when Hood opted to take this talents to Durham, NC. With the NCAA transfer rules, because Hood is transferring from one Division-I program to another, he has to sit out this upcoming season. So, his first season playing for Duke won’t be until the 2013-2014 campaign.
As much as I wanted Rodney Hood to choose Ohio State, I understand why he chose Duke (besides the obvious reasons that it’s Duke and he has a chance to play for one of the greatest college coaches of all-time). When comparing the rosters of OSU vs. Duke for the ’13-’14 season, Hood has less competition with the Blue Devils. During that year, OSU will, more-than-likely, still have Aaron Craft, Lenzelle Smith Jr., Sam Thompson, LaQuinton Ross, and Amir Williams. Craft and Smith Jr. will both be seniors, while Thompson, Ross, and Williams will all be juniors. Those are 5 guys that will see a significant amount of playing time this season and Thompson and Ross would be 2 guys that Hood would have to compete against for playing time. OSU will also have the services of 2013 recruit Marc Loving. Also, it’s not a forgone conclusion that OSU will lose DeShaun Thomas after this season to the NBA. I think he’ll turn pro after this year, but anything is possible for the sharpshooting lefty. He could have a bad season and want to come back for his senior year at OSU, who knows what will happen. I sure as hell don’t. And it’s also possible that Ross or someone else could have a tremendous season and want to turn pro with DeShaun.
The thing is, though, none of that is for certain and I think Hood realized that. I think he realized that, yes, he would have certainly found a spot in the rotation–even along side of Ross, Thompson, Smith Jr., and possibly DeShaun Thomas–but I don’t think he wanted that. It would have been nice to have him. As we’ve seen recently with teams like Kentucky, you can never have enough 6-foot-6 to 6-foot-8 guys that are long, athletic and can get out and run. Even without Hood, the 2013-2014 team of Craft, Smith Jr., Ross, Thompson, Williams, Shannon Scott, Trey McDonald, 4-star prospect Marc Loving, and possibly even DeShaun Thomas will certainly be a good one. So, as much as I wanted Hood to choose the Buckeyes, it made sense why he chose Duke. When looking at Duke’s roster for next year, they have a lot of seniors.
After next season, Duke will lose guards Seth Curry and Andre Dawkins along with forwards Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee. And out of the guys Duke will return for the 2012-2013 campaign, none are small forwards. The Blue Devils have 2 commits for the class of 2012 and 1 so far for 2013. Those recruits are a SG, PF, and SG, respectively. Hood really has no competition at the SF position at Duke, unlike OSU where he would have to compete with guys for a starting spot. I wish Hood would have chose OSU, but I understand why he didn’t. I wish him the best of luck at Duke and I hope he enjoys this season when we go whoop the Dukies at Cameron Indoor?
As always, Hive-sters, Go Bucks!